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Thank you for your interest in joining the WITS team.

WITS is the largest provider of literacy programming to teachers and students in Chicago Public Schools.

WITS believes that literacy is the foundation on which all other learning develops. Our mission is to empower Chicago elementary students to discover themselves through reading while developing foundational literacy skills. We do this by creating community through literacy-based mentorshipenabling teachers to build diverse classroom libraries, and promoting book ownership at home.

We know there are great candidates who might not check all the boxes in any one job description, or who possess important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself! We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, citizenship, or ability. WITS is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination.

Working at WITS offers unlimited PTO, up to 4% 401k match, ~75% coverage of health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, as well as parental leave.  This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change. Full benefits will be discussed upon hiring. Please note that the pay range is given on each position.

As you consider joining our team, I encourage you to check out our blog and our Instagram to develop a fuller picture of who the team is, what we do, and what we believe in.


Tena Latona, CEO


Expectations & Responsibilities 

What we expect from each other

  • WITS staff must adhere to our core values: Mission Focused, Accountability, Teamwork, Communication, Leadership:

    • Team members acknowledge that WITS is the sum of our parts and work holistically across program and development departments to ensure the success of the organization.
    • Team members set clear expectations, adhere to deadlines, deliver high-quality work, and provide and accept honest feedback; they take ownership of their own performance.
    • Team members support their colleagues on projects by understanding their role and being organized, prepared and proactive.
    • Team members communicate with timeliness, clarity, and appropriate frequency.
    • Team members assert and champion their own expertise.
Organization-wide requirements
  • WITS is a small organization doing big work and that requires team members to take on projects outside department or role-specific expectations. Examples of the type of work you will do include but are not limited to:
    • Writing blogs and creating content for WITS marketing and communications.
    • Supporting the WITS team in coordination of, as well as attend, after-hours events each year. Signature Events - Required Attendance - Blackboard Affair, Community Celebration, Annual Meeting, Rochelle Lee Teacher Award Showcase, WITS Talks, 1 Study Hall, December Board Meeting & Holiday Party, 1 Thank-a-thon.
    • Regularly updating and maintaining assigned WITS data and metrics.
    • Participating in professional development.


This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change. Full benefits will be discussed upon hiring.

Unlimited PTO

Up to 4% 401k match

Hybrid work

~75% coverage of health




Life insurance

Parental leave

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STEAM at work

WITS on the Weekend (WoW) is a team-based reading and mentoring program that takes place for two hours on Saturday mornings from October to May. 3rd through 6th grade students meet their volunteer mentors at school to engage in team-building activities, recreational reading, and cooperative learning challenges focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) concepts. No previous STEAM experience is necessary. WoW volunteers commit to 16 select Saturdays from October-May, 10:00am-12:00pm.

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open positions

Chief Program and Strategy Officer (CPSO)

Classification: Full-time 

Department: Program 

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer 

Development Coordinator

Classification: Full-time 

Department: Development

Reports to: Chief Development Officer


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  • Max. file size: 300 MB.
  • Max. file size: 300 MB.